One can see that by examining the symbolism of the setting and the irony of a welcoming setting Shirley Jackson's The Lottery is not an archetypal horror story. Firstly one could argue against the statement that, The Lottery is not and an archetypal horror story’ but without the knowledge of The Lottery being a horror story one could most certainly fall victim to Shirley Jackson's alluring descriptions. Upon examining the quote “The morning of July 27th was clear and sunny with a fresh warmth of a full summer day” one could infer this more as a adventuring and coming of age story than a horror, it comes off as endearing more than horror, although it may have been intended that way. Further investigation of the story may push one to believe
For example, Jackson illustrates, “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with fresh warmth of full-summer day; the flowers were blooming profusely, and the grass was richly green." (254). Conveying an image of a comfortable and delightful atmosphere distracting the reader from what is truly happening. It is not until Mrs. Adams makes the comment that “Some places have already quit the lotteries” (Jackson 257). That the reader might question why a town would want to quit a lottery?
The title also says, “The Lottery” which is a word often used for winning something or receiving a prize. It’s a beautiful summer day and everything seems perfect, but as the reader keeps reading they come to realize that this story is not as simple and straight forward as the title suggest, rather it is a horrifying and dark tale. Shirley Jackson is forwarding the theme on tragic it can be to blindly follow traditions by using foreshowing, symbolism, and dialog. The first literary device Shirley Jackson uses to forward the theme blindly following traditions, is foreshowing. The first example I am going to us I talked about in my introduction.
She chose June 27th which is the summer solstice and can symbolize many things like the other traditions that went on years before this one. “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a warm summer day” (Jackson 1). This date was the day that many ancient rituals where held on reaching all the way back to hundreds of years ago. All the rituals had to do with someone being picked in a miscellaneous way to be sacrificed like what is happening in the lottery. “June 27th, near the summer solstice, one of the two days in a year when the Earth is farthest from the sun” (The Lottery).
We could see the mood change through the lighting, as it was a spring day. The lighting in this scene helped to capture the message of the power of hope, as we see the men were finally feeling a glimmer of hope in this moment. In the novella, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, Stephen King used literary techniques such as narrative to help capture some of the key themes. This story is presented as a monologue and a first-person narrative. By presenting the story like this, the reader is given a greater sense of authenticity.
Usually you can tell the mood of the story by the first few lines of a story and in the beginning of the story, it says “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green”. The season of summer is a very happy, youth, and simplicity. Never would you imagine anything relating to death or gloomy times in the summer. Using summer as a symbol created a light, easy mood for the story, which help bring out another symbol. Another symbol Jackson used was the use of stones.
Jackson uses irony in many different ways even starting from the title to the very end. By using irony it keeps the readers engaged and focused on the main point of the story. Shirley Jackson purposely made the title “The Lottery” so that the reader can automatically think that the story is going to be about someone winning the lottery and their probably going get a nice reward at the end of the story. Starting the story Jackson sets scene by saying “ was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.”(Jackson...1) This illustrates that its was a beautiful, peaceful, and happy day outside. It also sounds like a normal day and you, as a reader wouldn't expect anyone to get hurt or die in the
Tone and style are critical literary elements in “The Lottery.” Imagery, syntax, and irony are all used to create this horrific story. Jackson vividly describes the day in which this story takes place giving it a specific date, and describing it as a nice and full-summer day where “the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green” (539). Imagery helps to set a positive mood, and suspend reality to draw the reader into the story. The syntax evolves over the course of the story as the tone of the story changes. The story starts off with longer descriptive
In the beginning of the story, Jackson automatically begins the story perfect or in a sort of happy mood or tone. Jackson starts off with “The morning of June was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day, the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.”(351). This statement uses situational irony to perpetuate the readers to believe that a happy story was to come along. Jackson foreshadows these afflictions by using imagery to allow readers to assume the scene is too perfect and it to have a deeper meaning. As the story continues, the mood immediately changes, creating a foreshadowing effect that the lottery is not as warm as it seems.
William Stafford employs sounds and word choice to evoke feelings of a carefree, happy morning. Elizabeth Bishop uses punctuation and allusions in order to pass on how hard mornings are for her. “Five A.M.” paints a picture of easy going mornings. Here, the speaker is joyous on his morning run, celebrating the peaceful atmosphere. There are no troubles as the speaker literally asks “Where are my troubles?” This happy go lucky attitude is the set up for Stafford’s theme that mornings are good times to get ready for the day and are new beginnings.
In the short story "The Lottery" The style is described in the first sentence, "The morning of June 27th was clear and sonny, with the fresh warmth of a full day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green", and that kind of style is distinctive style. In this story there is a lot of verbal irony, also know as sarcasm. The sarcasm usually comes from Mrs. Summers because that’s how she gets her point a cross, but not in a bad way. The tone in the story I would say would be very consistent when I comes to the attitudes. I feel the the authors tone in the story stayed the same, and only changed when people had their disagreements.